Top Ukrainian Contenders Headline March 29 At Mattamy
Athletic Centre In Downtown Toronto
On March 29, two of boxing’s true hotbeds will combine for
one exciting night of world-class boxing: Ukraine and
Three of Ukraine’s top contenders will be in action at the
Mattamy Athletic Centre as a part of Lee Baxter Promotions
latest event in downtown Toronto, Ontario.
In the main event, super welterweight standout Stanyslav
Skorokhod makes his long-awaited return to Canada. Skorokhod
(17-2, 12 KOs) was a competitor in ESPN's prestigious
Boxcino tournament, and had a lengthy and storied amateur
career in his homeland, fighting in the same amateur system
that has produced Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk. The
29-year old is coming off a controversial split decision
loss to Aram Amirkhanyan last June in a bout many observers
believe he won clearly. Now, he returns to Toronto, the site
of two of his most thrilling performances—knockout wins over
Fernando Silva and Nestor Garcia.
“The night Stan fought Fernando Silva at the Powerade Centre
in Brampton was undoubtedly one of the liveliest boxing
crowds we’ve ever had in Ontario,” said Baxter. “I know the
Ukrainian-Canadian community can’t wait to see him again,
and we can’t wait to give them another tremendous show.”
In light heavyweight action, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy will
return to the ring for the first time in over a year.
Shabranskyy has established himself as one of the top
contenders, and most exciting action fighters in the
175-pound division. The Zhytomyr, Ukraine native made his
professional debut in 2012 and rattled off 17 straight
victories and 14 knockouts. Now 19-2, Shabranskyy’s only two
blemishes on his pro record are losses to Sullivan Barrera
and Sergey Kovalev, two of the very best light heavyweights
on the planet.
“Shabranskyy has gone toe-to-toe with the very best in the
light heavyweight division. Not only does he know what it
takes to make it to the top, but you know he’s going to be
in a war each and every night as he tries to get there. He’s
both a fan’s and a promoter’s dream,” said Baxter.
Finally, Ukrainian heavyweight prospect Oleksandr Teslenko
will be in action in his adopted hometown of Toronto. The
monstrous power puncher, who is promoted by Lou Dibella,
made waves in 2018 with wins on Broadway Boxing, and on the
undercard of Stevenson-Gvozdyk. With an amateur pedigree of
247 fights (with 224 wins), Teslenko is considered to be
Canada’s—and Ukraine’s—possible best shot at a world
heavyweight title in the near future.
The undercard will be rounded out by local favorite Nick
Fantauzzi, Ross Mylet, and the professional debut of former
Canadian national amateur champion Amanda Galle.